Ash Sutton will start from pole position for race one of tomorrow’s British Touring Car action at Croft in a shortened session which was red flagged and subsequently abandoned after an oil spill from Luke Davenport sparked chaos.
The session had been running for just eight and a half minutes in wet conditions when Davenport flew off into the tires. When others including both Eurotech Honda’s of Jeff Smith and Jack Goff, the MG of Aron Taylor-Smith and the Pirtek BMW of Andrew Jordan also slid off, race direction had no choice but to throw a red flag.
Details have been slow to emerge but it is known, thanks to series director Alan Gow, that Taylor-Smith was briefly knocked unconscious while Smith and Davenport had to be cut from their cars. The exact nature of any injuries sustained have not been revealed but the damage to cars was there for all to see.
In the small matter of qualifying, Colin Turkington and Matt Jackson line up behind Sutton with Gordon Shedden — the lead FWD car — in fourth.
Jason Plato qualifies in seventh with Matt Neal, Josh Price and James Cole rounding out the top ten.